Eden Park, Auckland Feb 9: New Zealand chose to bat first after winning the toss, hoping to continue the same momentum by posting 200 plus total on the board. However, things did not went according to the plan, New Zealand lost quick wickets in their first power play. The Wellington match hero Tim Seifert wasn’t able to display his heroic inning here at Auckland as he got dismissed to Bhuvneshwar Kumar after smashing him for a boundary and a six. After that Munro and Daryl Mitchel fell into the prey of Krunal Pandya in the same over just before power play, Krunal was very smart and accurate in his line and length today. Krunal Pandya also dismissed the dangerous captain Kane Williamson after the Power Play to sum up his three wickets.
New Zealand felt some array of hope when De Grandhomme knocked the ball around the park and built up a good partnership with Ross Taylor. But as soon as he reached his fifty he got dismissed to Hardik Pandya by sending the ball straight into the hands of Rohit Sharma. After that New Zealand weren’t able to rise up as they kept losing wickets in quick succession due to some good death bowling by Khaleel Ahmed and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. New Zealand ended up scoring 158/8 in 20 overs.
India started off their chase with a high note and Rohit Sharma gave the crowd good entertainment by smashing the ball here and there to reach his 50 in just 28 balls. However, immediately after reaching his fifty he got out by Ish Sodhi giving catch to Tim Southee. But by the time he got out half the damage was already done to the Kiwis as India had had already reached 79 in 9.2 overs when he got out. Soon after his dismissal Shikhar Dhawan got dismissed by Ferguson massive short delivery, by giving top edge and simple catch to De Grandhomme.
After that Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant moved the inning smoothly without pressing any panic button and when Vijay Shankar got out to Daryl Mitchell, India just needed 41 runs in 38 balls. After Vijay Shankar dismissal Dhoni came out to bat and successfully finished the chase with Pant with 7 balls to spare. India finished with 162/3 in 18.5 overs.
Krunal Pandya was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant figure of 3/28.
Some few stats from this match- After this win, India have just won their first T2OI in New Zealand, moment which Indian fans were waiting for a decade. Rohit Sharma achieved two milestones in this match first by including his name with Michael Clarke and Sarfraz Ahmed for most wins(12) as captain after 14 T20Is and second by reaching 2288 runs to become the leading runs scorer in T20 Internationals.
Stay tuned to electionresultsnews.com for more updates,results and stats from the coming third T20I on Sunday, 10th Feb,2019 at Hamilton.